Roll around Heaven all day

A day starts when you think it starts, I always think. So this one runs from Friday evening to Saturday evening. In the loveliest Summertime we’ve had for years.

Obviously anyone with any intelligence knows the times are changing and there could be hailstones tomorrow. But May, June and July in England this year has been composed of more halcyon days than we’ve been used to for a long time. And maybe August too?

So Friday evening begins at Sarah’s allotment.

And suddenly it's High Summer.

And suddenly it’s High Summer.

With Butterflies in the Lavender.

With Butterflies in the Lavender.

And all the world is green.

And all the world is green.

The Watchers are looking out for the place.

The Watchers are looking out for the place.

And all is well.

And all is well.

This would have been a beloved friend’s 43rd birthday. So Sarah remembers Rachel.

'i will never forget you.'

‘I will never forget you, Rach.’

And I read and walk. From Formby and the Cairngorms, to the Himalaya.

And I read and walk. From Formby and the Cairngorms, to the high Himalaya.

Then the sun sets, and the morning comes…DSC07150

Morning time in Granby.

Morning time in Granby.

It’s the day of the August Granby Four Streets Market.

I spend much of my time there talking with Eleanor Lee about their Community Land Trust and what’s sounding like a reasonably positive position there now. Involving the City Council and various partners talking about real possibilities.DSC07156

I am shown the possibilities.

I am shown the possibilities.

So maybe the empty homes won't be empty much longer.

So maybe the empty homes won’t be empty much longer.

The people of the 4 Streets will never give up.

The people of the Four Streets will never give up.

Leaving Granby I walk along Princes.

The Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, with the Cathedral behind it.

The Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas, with the Cathedral behind it.

Detail from the Princes Road Synagogue wall.

Detail from the Princes Road Synagogue wall.

Then along Parly and into Percy Street.

Does anyone know what's happening with this empty block?

Does anyone know what’s happening with this empty block?

Like who owns them, any plans? I’m virtually certain they don’t belong to Liverpool Housing Trust. So who?

Along Canning and past the Cathedral.

Where abseiling is about to happen. Of course!

Where abseiling is about to happen. Of course!

Down Duke Street. One of Liverpool’s oldest streets.

And near the bottom, these buildings looking almost rural.

And near the bottom, these buildings looking almost rural.

While just around the corner...

While just around the corner…

Is Liverpool One.

Is Liverpool One.

Across and past the Albert Dock to the river front.DSC07201

Where the classic view of the Liver Buildings is obscured by this.

Where the classic view of the Liver Buildings is obscured by these blocks of nonsense.

Calling in at the Museum of Liverpool.

Calling in at the Museum of Liverpool.

Checking on my little corner of the place.

Checking on my little corner of the wondrous place.

And the Liverpool Overhead Railway carriage.

And the Liverpool Overhead Railway carriage.

Then it’s back out to a crowded Pier Head. Where Liverpool Pride is taking place. Our Gay, Bi, Lesbian and Trans Gender festival.DSC07209 DSC07219 DSC07217

There's been a parade earlier on, and everyone was asked to come dressed as super heroes.

There’s been a parade earlier on, and everyone was asked to come to it dressed as super heroes.

Still it's not every day you meet Batman in the queue for the toilets.

It’s not every day you meet Batman in the queue for the toilets.

And, seeing me taking photographs, this group of young people were keen to be in one.

And they weren't really fierce at all!

And they weren’t really fierce at all!

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Leaving Liverpool Pride, passing the 'Bucket Fountain' in Beetham Plaza.

Leaving Liverpool Pride, passing the ‘Bucket Fountain’ in Beetham Plaza.

This was constructed by Cammell Laird’s Shipbuilders in the 1960s. with help on the measurements from Frank Horton, Sarah’s Dad.

Past the Town Hall.

Past the Town Hall.

And you’ll need to look very very closely to see it, but there’s a rainbow flag flying there. Pulled up (or whatever the proper flag-terminology is) earlier in this Liverpool Pride day, by Gary Millar. Liverpool’s first proudly gay Lord Mayor.

Along Mathew Street.DSC07241

And Bold Street.

And Bold Street.

To home.

A quiet Saturday evening, with drinks in the yard.DSC07245

Listening to Louis Armstrong? Why not.

“That lucky old sun, got nothing to do, But roll around Heaven all day.”

7 thoughts on “Roll around Heaven all day

  1. Gerry

    As always, a lovely feel for this brilliant city (I didn’t know that about our Lord Mayor; oh, and by the way, how did we end up with both a Mayor AND a Lord Mayor?).

    But, honestly, Ronnie, I think your memory is playing tricks when you write ‘May, June and July in England this year has been composed of more halcyon days than we’ve been used to for a long time’. July -yes; but throughout most of May and June that long, cold spring endured.

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Well maybe. When it’s hot you think it’s been hot forever! We did have lovely days on Anglesey earlier in the Summer, so maybe they’ve skewed my judgment?

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  2. stan cotter

    Hi Ronnie, I used to work in Cable and Wireless telegraphs in Castle Street and remember the bucket fountains being installed. And some wig poured a whole packet of washing powder into the reservoir. There were suds and bubbles all over the square. Good fun to some and an absolute menace and a curse to others.

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      Well, that’s big wigs for you!

      By the way Stan, you seem to have worked or lived next to most significant events in history. Wherever a hospital is built or a road condemned, there you are. Next we’ll hear that you were an ambulance driver at the Pyramids (ie the shopping centre in Birkenhead, not the pointy things in Egypt!)

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  3. Rhona Simms

    Perfect. Makes me homesick again for my adoptive home city, Was there for one night only last month, and just fell in love with it all over again. There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed … love to you both x

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